‘Squirm’ by Carl Hiaasen Is Yet Another Superb Middle Grade Adventure for Animal Lovers

Carl Hiaasen's adult books are crazy-wonderful, and his middle grade novels are just as crazy, but much more child-appropriate. They are crazy fun, crazy fabulous, crazily filled with wonderful animals, and wonderfully filled with crazy characters. In this novel, which takes place both in Florida and Montana, Billy Dickens is the main character. He narrates … Continue reading ‘Squirm’ by Carl Hiaasen Is Yet Another Superb Middle Grade Adventure for Animal Lovers

Florida dogs abandoned in rural shelter desperate for rescue or they may be killed; shelter is packed

There are 39 dogs in Sebring, Florida who have a deadline. That means that if they are not adopted or pulled by rescue before then, they are in danger of being killed. Don't blame the shelter -- blame those who dump their dogs with no thought of what will become of them. These dogs are … Continue reading Florida dogs abandoned in rural shelter desperate for rescue or they may be killed; shelter is packed

‘Leo’s Gift’: A Touching, Truthful, and Wise Picture Book

"Leo's Gift," ostensibly a children's book but in fact a gift to all who read it -- of any age -- tells the story of a very young but very gifted boy who learns, quite by accident, of the amazing talent he possesses. Leo hears his sister practicing piano as her recital day rapidly approaches. … Continue reading ‘Leo’s Gift’: A Touching, Truthful, and Wise Picture Book

‘We Don’t Eat Our Classmates’ by Ryan T. Higgins Is a Hilarious Picture Book for Pre-School-Age Readers

In "We Don't Eat Our Classmates," talented author Ryan T. Higgins explores what it would be like if a dinosaur, specifically a very carnivorous T. Rex, attended school. Penelope the T. Rex was ready to start. Her dad had made her lunch, three hundred tuna fish sandwiches. What she was not ready for, though, was … Continue reading ‘We Don’t Eat Our Classmates’ by Ryan T. Higgins Is a Hilarious Picture Book for Pre-School-Age Readers

‘A Borrowing of Bones’ by Paula Munier Is an Action-Filled Murder Mystery

Who can resist a mystery with charismatic working dogs galore and even a cat rescue? With "A Borrowing of Bones," author Paula Munier delivers a perfect paean to those who work to keep our wilderness safe (our forest rangers), our military veterans, and both dogs and cats who come into our lives and calm us … Continue reading ‘A Borrowing of Bones’ by Paula Munier Is an Action-Filled Murder Mystery

‘In Your Shoes’ by Donna Gephart Is a Story About Finding Friends and Learning There Aren’t Always Happy Endings

With "In Your Shoes," author Donna Gephart teaches middle grade readers that while things may be going wonderfully at one moment, life is a series of ups and downs. And sometimes, in fiction just as in real life, you don't get second chances. There are two main characters in this story about children who aren't … Continue reading ‘In Your Shoes’ by Donna Gephart Is a Story About Finding Friends and Learning There Aren’t Always Happy Endings

‘The Law of Finders Keepers’ by Sheila Turnage Is the Last of the Mo & Dale Mystery Series

"The Case of Finders Keepers" by Sheila Turnage will keep fans of Mo LoBeau thrilled at the details that are unveiled about Mo's Upstream Mother and Blackbeard's treasure that they seek in this fourth book. Moses, so named because she was found after a hurricane swept her into the arms of her rescuer on a … Continue reading ‘The Law of Finders Keepers’ by Sheila Turnage Is the Last of the Mo & Dale Mystery Series

‘Beyond the Sixth Extinction: A Post-Apocalyptic Pop-Up’ Is a Fascinating View of What Might Be

"Beyond the Sixth Extinction: A Post-Apocalyptic Pop-Up" created by Shawn Sheehy and illustrated by Jordi Solano is an imaginative and clever peek into what might become of our world in the year 4847, after the sixth global extinction has happened. This clever pair created new species from old ones -- creatures that adapted to the … Continue reading ‘Beyond the Sixth Extinction: A Post-Apocalyptic Pop-Up’ Is a Fascinating View of What Might Be

‘Blue’: A Picture Book by Laura Vaccaro Seeger About All the Shades of Blue, Happy and Sad

"Blue" by Laura Vaccaro Seeger follows her fabulous picture book "Green." Unlike the previous color-themed book, "Blue" tells a story about a boy and his dog. The story begins with the color baby blue, a puppy and an infant boy whose blue rattle is cut out in the center; and that blue circle becomes the … Continue reading ‘Blue’: A Picture Book by Laura Vaccaro Seeger About All the Shades of Blue, Happy and Sad

‘The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case’ by Elizabeth Eulberg: Can Watson and Holmes Solve the Mystery on Ice?

"The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case" is the third book in the clever series by Elizabeth Eulberg about a pint-sized detective named Shelby Holmes and her sidekick, John Watson. Both of the characters' names, of course, are cute references to the famous duo of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. John Watson loves to write, … Continue reading ‘The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case’ by Elizabeth Eulberg: Can Watson and Holmes Solve the Mystery on Ice?